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Featured Seller: papafork

Mar 27, 2006

by papafork

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Adar Goldfarb, I live in the city of Hertzliya, in Israel. I studied industrial design at the Bezalel Academy of arts and design in Jerusalem. Currently working as an assistant to a sculptor and interior designer in Jaffa (bordering the coast of Tel-Aviv).

What is the first thing you can remember making by hand? How and why did you make it?
The first things I made by hand were ceramic sculptures that were in a very bad taste and low on skill even for my age of 8.

What inspires you? Where do your ideas come from?
Everything inspires me but most of all at the present time are shops selling kitchen utesils, with only one rule: that everything I see is definitely something else. Ii don’t know where my ideas come from, maybe just from looking most of my life and trying to capture the essence of things.

What are your favorite materials?
Readymade, old toys, kitchen utensils, keys, scrap metal, anything but knives.

Any tips for selling handmade stuff?                                                                                 When selling handmade stuff one should check for one thing and one thing only, leaving your hard-worked print on the final object. Every work has to have a little piece of the artist, don’t hide scratches, marks, spots, loose ends, etc. those are the artist’s fingerprints.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
I work in design a bit, and teach “art and science”- a unique program helping kids at a primary school learn principles in science and mathematics through creativity and experiments. I read uite a bit and enjoy writing from time to time. (You can check my blog at www.take-adi-back.blogspot.com)

How can Etsy be improved? Any feature requests?
Etsy is quite round I think, so, no, you are doing a hell of a job.


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